by Tyler Robbins
The Aratech 74-Z Speederbike was first produce during the Clone Wars. The speeder served in several engagements with battle droids and was very successful in it's primary mission, that of scouting. After the end of the Clone Wars Aratech decided to pursue the civilian market with this little gem, and it found it's way to several planets, including Sulon, the moon of Sullust.
One owner, a man by the name of Drevin, bought an old, used 74-Z from a dealer and decided that it would be of use on his geo-farm. But he was more interested in profits than looking after his speeder, and the chipped paint, dents, scratches, and rust stains on the hull are a testament to that. The speeder has been in at least ten wrecks, but somehow only three of the body cowlings had to be replaced.
The old civilian-grade laser cannon was replaced by a high-speed tow cable, which is capable of swiveling almost nintey degrees, although the hydraulics powering the sideways movements are nearly shot. It was also originally yellow, but Drevin deemed it necessary to paint the parts black, although he isn't a very good painter. There are various other attachements on the vehicle, but somehow it still seems to break down every fifty kilometers or so. .
About the kit. . .
This is a re-issue of the old Return of the Jedi Speederbike kit from RC2. It was given to me on Christmas Day and I only had a few days to work on it, but I still think the job I did looks good, even if I did miss a few spots of paint.